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july05.2013Magna Carta of the Poor re-filed in the 16th Congress

july05.2013Magna Carta of the Poor re-filed in the 16th Congress

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Magna Carta of the Poor re-filed in the 16
th
Congress
Poor or indigent families will soon get a job, free medicine and healthcare servicefrom the government under the proposed Magna Carta of the Poor.Re-elected Rep. Raul Del Mar (1
st
District, Cebu City), author of House Bill 25,vowed to push for the passage of the measure in the 16
th
Congress saying, “the top priorityof the government should be the creation of jobs or creation of employmentopportunities.”“The government must firstly work for the poor, the great majority of the poor.Strong democratic institutions can only be achieved if such majority of the people is giventhe opportunities to participate in the benefits, growth and development of a democraticsociety,” Del Mar said.Del Mar said the right to employment, the right to free healthcare and medicine- theminimum standards of decency which the poor can demand as a matter of right and whichthe government must do as a matter of obligation.Del Mar said the government must now take the side of the poor because the issueof poverty has now become a critical question of survival which is the only realistic routeto take to uplift the poor while long term measures, strategies and solutions for povertyreduction are being put in place.“The lack of employment appears to be the core of the problem of poverty. Jobsmean income and income translates into access to food, shelter, land, education, andhealthcare services. This means income spending which means payment and collection of taxes, which in turn means more services to the poor. The government, therefore, mustcreate jobs, must establish employment opportunities for the poor,” Del Mar stressed.“Only when the poor are economically empowered will they be able to participatein the democratic process of setting national goals that affect their daily lives. A system of  progressive realization, which is the settled practice and prerogative of the executivedepartment, is fully recognized. The only way to have this proposed legislationimplemented is through a bundle of progressive measures over time,” Del Mar said.Under the bill, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) shallexpand a program of subsidy to help the poor meet their minimum food requirements.“To help ensure the implementation of the food subsidy program, the DSWD shall be the main beneficiary, recipient or transferee of all food items and food products likerice, corn, sugar and other prime commodities that have been seized and forfeited with
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